Friday, August 13, 2010

35 Weeks

Yesterday we reached 35 weeks! I feel like the end is in sight, yet, at the same time, I feel like 5 weeks is still a long.long.long time to be pregnant. I'm starting to understand why women get to the end of their pregnancies and want it to be over. A lot was accomplished this past week and so I feel like I am just about ready to welcome this child. My SIL and I stocked the freezer with meals. I had my second baby shower. Thanks to my mom, the nursery is pretty well done and organized. I bought my cloth diapers and have started washing and putting them away. I found out the baby is head down and good to go. I had my home visit with my midwife to discuss our plans and my mom got to meet her. The birth supplies are gathered. Bags are packed. I really feel like we're gearing up to welcome baby.

I know that he or she needs to stay put and cook for a bit longer but things are really starting to feel like they are in place. We just need to get the swing, playpen and car seat set up/installed and then we'll be all set.

Last week, my brother took a few photos for us. He forgot his camera, so he just had to use my point and shoot, but I still love them. They are really 34.5 week photos, but you get the point!

"The View From Here"
(Yes I know you can't see my belly in the last photo but I just had to share it because I know you're all dying to see our pet duck, Mr. Quacklewayne)

Sleep has been very hit or miss over the past week. I've had some of the best sleeps I've had in a while, and some of the worst. I guess I just have to take it one night at a time. I've been starting to feel much more noticeable Braxton Hicks contractions, especially throughout the night. And I've also been waking up with some mad heartburn. Propping my head up on a few extra pillows seems to help it out a bit but I don't find it very comfortable. Oh well, you do what you gotta do. The other night I woke up and realized I must have been having some extreme difficulty rolling me over because the Dude was sitting up and literally helping me pull my body over so I could switch sides. Good times.

My tum tum is starting to drop. The Dude has affectionately nicknamed me "Droopy Bags" this week. My midwife said that I will start to lose cms when she measures me from here on in as the baby gets lower and lower and gets him/herself ready for the world.

I've also been experiencing some mad swelling in my hands and feet which hasn't been the most awesome part of this, but it's no big deal. My blood pressure is still a-okay so there's no need to be concerned. I find that I wake in the night to very sore hands. Has anyone else every experienced this? Some nights I find I can hardly open and close my fingers. It's likely just a circulation issue but it can make things uncomfy.

It's so hard to believe we're nearing the last month! I'm praying for time to go by quickly but also hoping that I will relax, enjoy, and cherish the last few weeks that the Dude and I have as a tw0-some before we welcome our third.


Laura said...

Yay for being 35 weeks pregnant! You're so so close! The baby dropping is a good thing to hear! Are you having any sudden thoughts on what the gender might be?

PS - I'm not sure how to fix that no-reply thing on my comments. You'll have to tell me how. Everything I learned about blogging was from my sister and she failed to mention that part! lol.

Gwen said...

I can't believe you are almost at the finish line!!! You are absolutely adorable and I love your shots. Even the one with the duck. :) I can't wait to find out boy or girl!!! XOXO

Jen @ Canadian Rhapsody said...

My hands have been the same way. They get really tingly/numb too if I'm lying a certain way or leaning on my elbows/hands for too long. I think it's a form of carpal tunnel.

They checked my yesterday when they did the stretch and sweep and I was only partially effaced and not really dilated at all. :( So it's looking like it'll be an induction on Monday. Hopefully it works quickly! Thank you for your prayers though - I'm still hoping something will happen a little sooner as induction means a transfer of care.

You're looking great! Craig and I took some belly photos at my mom's but they were at night, indoors. I was just look for a cute one for her baby book, so hopefully one of them is a good one of both of us (I'm feeling very rotund lately, even though people are telling me I look great - so believe it when people are telling you you look good! I think we see the swelling and largeness more than anyone else.).

Brooke said...

i love the first ones - of the 3 of you lying in the rows of trees! :)

Shaina said...

I just love all of these photos!!!

Laura said...

Ok, I think I got it! Try to reply and I'll see how this works.

Gina said...

My hands are kind of sore too. Today I had the worst toe cramps that lasted forever. I think four of my toes were all cramped up, in my tennis shoe, for a good 15 mins!

Kristen @ said...

y'all are adorable!! Congrats for being 35 weeks!!

bcsmithereens said...

Oh Lucy, you both look terrific! Those are great pictures. Enjoy these last few weeks with just the two of you.

Katie said...

eeek! you are SO close! and i LOVE the pics! they look just as good as a professional would!!! i especially love the one with the pets. i totally can't believe your pup doesn't try and eat mr. quackelwayne. koda would be after that bird ASAP! but i sure would LOVE to have a pet duck! tooooo cute!!!

i hope you're feeling great, aside from the swelling, and i LOVE LOVE LOVE the nursery posts too :)